£100,000 Funding for Community Transport Scheme in Wales

September 11, 2018

A town in Wales is set to receive £100,000 of funding for an upgraded community transport system. Currently the town of Corwen’s fleet consists of a Toyota Rav 4 hybrid and a sixteen-seater minibus which are used for meals on wheels services and dial-a-ride journeys. However following feedback from users the local authority are keen to offer innovative new services and operate a more economical fleet.

“It’s wonderful to see the development of the South Denbighshire Community Partnership and the way they are so responsive to the needs of the local community.”

New Community Transport Services

The wheelchair accessible minibus is used to help people with limited mobility get out and about and is also available for local community groups to hire. The Toyota 4×4 also operates a dial-a-ride service but is primarily used to support the local meals on wheels service.

South Denbighshire Community Partnership (SDCP), who operate the community transport in Corwen, are using some of the funding to introduce a car club scheme to the town. A Nissan Leaf, which is fully electric, has been chosen as the first club vehicle and will soon arrive with two electric charging points already being installed in preparation. It will be available to hire by locals who don’t have access to a car.

MP Jones was a guest at the launch of the scheme at Corwen’s Canolfan Ni and commented: “It’s wonderful to see the development of the South Denbighshire Community Partnership and the way they’re so responsive to the needs of the local community. The community transport element of this is just the kind of innovative project that addresses the challenges of living in the rural community. This is a good news story that needs to be shared widely across Wales, the UK and further afield.”

Funding Sources

The SDCP is run by Maragaret Sutherland and has attracted funding from several sources for a number of projects covering social inclusion, improving access to services, renewable energy generation as well as a new on-demand transport system.

Big Lottery Wales has provided them with £350,000 over four years and Cadwyn Clwyd, a local rural generation agency, has provided a further £52,000 over three years from their LEADER project. Additional funding has been placed together with £42,000 from the Bus Services Grant.

Margaret Sutherland added:  “The programme we’ve come up with follows six months of consultations with the local community to see what services they were lacking and what they wanted.  A clear message was received that accessing existing or new services was a significant barrier and these initiatives will help to address this.”